Effects of changing rainfall patterns on WSUD in Australia

Beecham, Simon and Chowdhury, Rezaul (2012) Effects of changing rainfall patterns on WSUD in Australia. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management, 165 (5). pp. 285-298. ISSN 1741-7589


Bioretention basins and permeable pavements are two widely implemented water sensitive urban design (WSUD) technologies. While their applications are extensive, their effectiveness as a result of changes in rainfall patterns is an emerging and important research question. This paper describes how these systems behave under varying rainfall conditions in Australian cities. To illustrate this, two design parameters, namely emptying times for permeable pavements and scour velocities for bioretention systems, were investigated. The study revealed that there are two groups of cities displaying almost similar peak flow characteristics – high (Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Townsville and Sydney) and low (Alice Springs, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide). It was shown that selection of an optimal storage size to ensure appropriate emptying times for permeable pavements requires a balance between managing dry periods, reuse demand and economic considerations. Increase of high flows increases the risk of scouring in bioretention basins, which is particularly significant for the first group of cities. Finally, the paper describes the importance of peak flow estimation method and appropriate selection of modelling time step for sustainable implementation of WSUD in Australia.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 00:51
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 01:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematical modelling, pavement design, weather
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960912 Urban and Industrial Water Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1680/wama.10.00115
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34262

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